CFN – It’s official. While Deb Matthews refused to confirm our story yesterday today the Cornwall Community Hospital issued a release confirming the sale of the Cornwall General site.
The province, in what City Councilor Andre Rivette speculated could be an election issue decided to take some short term cash (the sale price of the facility, estimated to be insured at nearly $60M, was only $2M)
With Mayor Bob Kilger siding with the Provincial Liberal Government (Mr. Kilger is good friends with former Premier Dalton McGuinty) and his
trained seal top vote getting councilor Bernadette Clement playing a large role in the process to replace Mr. McGuinty with current preme Kathleen Wynne it was no surprise as he was quoted as saying that he wasn’t married to the Hospital that so many in this community sacrificed and donated to.
The disappointment to the hundreds of local people who came out to the Concerned Coalition meetings who wanted a similar creation to what the City of Barrie did with their hospital which retained value for the community instead of being sold into private hands for pennies on the dollar.
Here is the hospitals press release:
Phase III of the Cornwall Community Hospital Redevelopment Project is well underway with the demolition and renovations necessary to prepare the McConnell Avenue site for the consolidation of all hospital services. This final phase is scheduled for completion by fall 2014, at which time all services and programs will be transferred from the Second Street Site.
In preparation for this final phase the Board of Directors at Cornwall Community Hospital listed the properties for sale in an open competitive process. Multiple offers were received and the hospital is proceeding with a potential buyer to satisfy the conditions of the offer.
At the same time, in accordance with the Public Hospitals Act, the hospital sought the required Ministry of Health approvals for the sale of the hospital properties. The approvals from the Ministry of Health have now been received by the hospital.
“With the Ministry of Health approvals, the hospital and the buyer can now move forward with satisfying the remaining conditions of the Agreement of Purchase and Sale,” stated Helene Periard, Chairperson, Board of Directors.
Mrs. Periard also reassured “ the Hospital Board understands and respects the important housing and daily needs of our seniors and appreciates the passion of those seeking to address these needs, however we do not have a mandate or means to redevelop this site.”
The Hospital Board recognizes its responsibility and obligations for the provision of acute care services to this community and must move forward with the disposition of the property in order to avoid liabilities.
“The details of this Agreement remain confidential, however, we are encouraged by the opportunities that the potential buyer can bring to this site and our community” stated Mrs. Periard.
Sources have quoted Dr. Dany Tombler as being one of eight doctors to have made the purchase. Dr. Tombler has not returned our attempts to interview him. The Chantale LeClaire of the Champlain LHIN has not returned calls or emails, and the Minster’s office itself has refused comment.
Cornwall City Councilor and EOHU Board Member Andre Rivette sent in the following statement for publication.
Although the details of the agreement remain confidential I hope that the Ministry of health, has heard the concerns from our communities for the need to increase the number of Long Term Care beds to accommodate seniors within our community.It was encouraging to read in the Media Release that Mrs Periard’s reassurance that the Hospital Board understands and respects the important housing and daily needs of our seniors and appreciates the passion of those seeking to address these needs.I would hope that these comments were conveyed to the Minister of Health and that this consideration would have been part of the agreement for the sale with the new owners. If the cry of the community was heard, the re-development of the General Hospital will see more services considered for Seniors along with providing additional long term care beds.I would like to thank all who worked diligently for the Seniors needs. It shows that we have people in our community that are willing to stand up for the needs of seniors in our communities and to help them have a better quality of life in their later years.Lets hope the new owners have heard the community concerns also.Councillor Andre Rivette
Citizens Coalition Member Mark A MacDonald issued the following statement.
I think the hospital board is completely out of touch.
I do not buy their explanation, there is always a way to make things work.
In this day and age with all the daily announcements of government corruption and waste, the hospital board played favourites.
If I find out that this building is being sold to any former board members, I will call for an investigation.
This hospital belongs to the community and should be used for the common good and social benefit of all of us.
Mark A. MacDonald
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